Rep. Madison Cawthorn and wife to divorce

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Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-N.C.)
Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-N.C.)


Rep. Madison Cawthorn and his wife are divorcing after less than a year of marriage, with the North Carolina Republican citing his job in Congress as part of the reason for the split.

"When my wife Cristina and I were engaged, I was not a member of Congress," Cawthorn, 26, said in a statement posted by his spokesman on Wednesday. "I felt called to serve and we both agreed that I should run. Our victory was unprecedented. But overnight, our lives changed," the first-term lawmaker said.

"That change has been both hectic and difficult. It's neither the pace nor the lifestyle we had planned for," the lawmaker said.

Cawthorn said he and his wife - who tied the knot in April - were "committed to make things work," but the pair "realized that balance was not attainable and that we had irreconcilable differences between us."

Eight months ago, Cawthorn celebrated his marriage, calling it the "greatest honor, privilege and adventure" of his life.

"While it was an enormously difficult decision, Cristina and I have mutually decided to divorce," Cawthorn said on Wednesday. "We ask for privacy as we work through this privately."

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